Dunhill: Tanshell (4112) (2018)

Product Number: 002-015-4220

Dunhill's "12" shape has always been an aptly sized Stack; however, it's been rendered a variety of ways, several of which could be considered on the more atypical side. On occasion, when seen in a standard length, the "12" can feature a "windshield" construction at the bowl's fore, but in the versions where the rim has not been cut away, it's sometimes paired to a Churchwarden stem. In the piece, though, tradition has been followed in all areas, from bowl shape to stem length, making for a striking iteration of the standard Stack.

Created in 1951, the Tanshell marked Dunhill's fourth finish behind the Bruyere (1910), Shell Briar (1917), and Root Briar (1931); however, Dunhill didn't complete the "Tanshell" stamp until December 1951, waiting until 1952 to actually introduce the first Tanshell pipes. Considered one of the English marque's rarest, most collectible finishes, the Tanshell boasts a concise sandblast but unlike the dark-stained Shell Briar, the Tanshell is naturally stained, intended to develop a warm patina as it darkens with prolonged use over time.

-Truett Smith
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Measurements & Other Details

  • Length: 5.72 in./145.29 mm.
  • Weight: 0.90 oz./25.51 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.85 in./46.99 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.61 in./40.89 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.80 in./20.32 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.23 in./31.24 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Billiard
  • Finish: Sandblast
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: England
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